SAG, AMPTP Impasse Looms

Jul 14, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Talks between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are headed for an impasse, with the union looking to further negotiate with producers and the AMPTP holding to its “final” offer, the Hollywood Reporter says. Should an official impasse be declared, studios would be legally allowed to take the current offer, all or part, into effect.
—Sergio Ibarra


  1. If the DGA, WGA and AFTRA can live with their “Deal”, so can SAG….Find a pen and put it in Rosenberg’s hand…too many hard working trades people are depending on it.
    Peter Bright

  2. Hey Peter, you aren’t so Bright are you. It is the actor that makes the entertainment Industry go round. Without actors, you wouldn’t even have a job(assuming you are in the entertainment industry). Let’s clarify a few things. Most regular people hate on actors because there is an assumption that actors are a bunch of spoiled, rich, snot-nosed snobs. In reality, less than 1% of actors are too rich for thier own good, and there are 122,000 actors in SAG.
    In light of that, who is looking out for the 121,000 other people that aren’t rolling around in money.
    Get it straight Peter, the on-going negotiations are about workers rights, and less about greed. Remember, it is the unions that gave you two week vacations, over-time, maternity leave, child-labor law etc. etc. etc.
    PS. I am not an actor. I am a “trade” worker.

  3. I have been a proponant of the worker since I signed on the first time with the AFL-CIO at age 19 with IBEW Local 1224 at WLWT, Channel 5, Cincinnati in 1966.
    Eight years later I again signed on with the AFL-CIO with the DGA with which I was a member until last year.
    When NBC screwed their NABET techs in the eighties for 17 weeks, I was a sympathetic marcher on their picket line at the parking lot entrance in Burbank.
    In 1989, I joined AFTRA as an announcer in LA.
    As I wrote above, the DGA, WGA & AFTRA have come to terms with AMPTP in a very difficult and expensive year to individuals trying to exist. As a tradesman, you should understand that this is not the time to halt production because SAG wants more than AFTRA, DGA or WGA.
    You say that we have no work without actors? Sir, we have no work if any of us are missing.
    There was some movement this year and in three more years we’ll deal with those times and the set of problems current then. For now enough blood has been spilled. I have friends and connections all over this business and many from each level have been brutally beaten…let’s stay working and plan for better times.
    Peter Bright

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